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My Top 3 Palettes for Spring/Summer! (Review and Swatches)

Hi beauties!

Spring is well and truly underway now in the UK, there’s still the odd shower or two but we’ve had some beautiful sunny days! In light of this I thought I’d write a post on the top five palette’s I’ll be using in the upcoming spring/summer months! Let’s get into it..

 

First up is the Huda Beauty ‘warm brown obsessions’ palette. This palette is small but mighty! I am absolutely loving the ‘obsessions’ collection from Huda Beauty as these palettes are perfect for any makeup lovers kit; just the right size not to take up too much space but amazingly pigmented with a whopping nine colours! This palette is ideal for those makeup lovers whos makeup bags are already bursting at the seams but keen to try the eyeshadow formula that the whole community is raving about! This very warm toned palette is so versatile and I find myself using it for nearly every eyeshadow look I do. The pigment of these shadows is amazing, one dip in the pan and the brush is covered in soft, blend-able colour – a must have for spring/summer looks! The palette contains one foil-effect gold shadow surrounded by eight stunning mattes making for an incredibly versatile burgundy and neutral toned palette. Turns out good things definitely do come in small packages! (I’d also suggest checking out the other palettes in the ‘obsessions’ collection too, there are so many cute colour combinations that will melt your heart!)

Next let’s talk about the Sigma ‘creme de couture’ palette.. my oh my, this is one beautiful palette! There is such an amazing range of stunning colours that just speak to my soul. This palette screams spring/summer from the gorgeous pastel colours to the eye-catching bright shades, there is something in this palette for everyone. The shades are extremely pigmented and blend like butter, something I love about this eyeshadow formula is that as you blend the shadows the colour does not fade away and become more translucent as is very common with bright shades. The shadows give a lovely matte finish with amazing colour payoff, everything you could ask for from a vibrant, colourful palette. This palette allows you to create so many versatile looks and tailor them to any outfit you decide to wear this summer.. no matter the colours! This is a palette available to enjoy by anyone, from the soft pastel ‘cherry blossom’ and ‘blue chocolat’ shades to the bright and bold ‘redberry rose and ‘cassis’ there is a shade in this palette for everyone!

Last, but certainly not least, is the Morphe Brushes ’35O2′ palette. This has to be one of my all time favourite palette purchases. I have been such a big fan of Morphe for many years now and own five of their eyeshadow palettes (I know, only five?!) Their eyeshadow formulas are so pigmented and both their matte and shimmer formulas are always of such high quality and never let me down. This palette in particular is perfect for spring/summer as the shade range is on point (I mean that red shade.. that’s perfection), all the shades are very warm toned and as there are 35 to choose from the ability to create gorgeous fades and un-clockable blends is second to none – this is down to the incredible textures of the shadows and also how versatile yet coherent the shade range is! A definite must have palette for those warm, summery looks.. I think I’m so drawn to this palette as I am really into wearing bright reds this year and this palette is perfect for creating the right eyeshadow look to compliment my red outfit choice!

So there we have it, my top 3 palettes for the spring/summer. All three palettes are so versatile and you can create any desired look to suit any outfit choice! They’re also amazing for people just starting out in makeup who need a few staples to get them underway! Let me know what your favourite palette is below! Until next time beauties..

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Juvia’s Place ‘Saharan Blush Vol.II’ Palette – review and swatches!

I know what you’re thinking.. Sophie, another Juvia’s Place review?! This brand is just too irresistible! I’ve finally got my hands on the ‘Saharan II Blush’ palette, one I’ve had my eye on for a while now. Juvia’s did come out with a volume I of their blush palette but upon seeing the range of shades in the promo pics I wasn’t convinced they would look great on my skin tone as I have pretty fair skin. So, when the promos were released for the volume II palette I was soooo happy. Right, let’s dive into this review!

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If you’ve read my other Juvia’s reviews (you can get to them here and here), you’ll know that I love this brand. One of the main reasons I think their products are so great is the fact they are extremely pigmented. One swipe in the pan and your brush is covered in product! I love pigmented products because not only are they easier to work with but they also last a lot longer meaning you’re getting good value for your money. Speaking of money, the blush palette retails in the UK for £20 (you can get it from beautybay.com). I think this is a decent price for what you get, there are six shades in the palette, four matte and two metallic, and as I mentioned previously they are very pigmented! I also love this price point as the palette is very diverse, not only can you use it as blush but you can also use the shades as eyeshadow or even as highlight.

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The colour selection in the palette is absolutely beautiful. As I mentioned there are four matte shades and two metallic shades. Now, usually when swatching new products I find that there is a least one shade I struggle with, but I am happy to announce all six shades swatched like an absolute dream! The formula of these blushes is so creamy and easy to blend on the skin.

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left to right: zoba, bee and yara

‘Yara’ – a light brown matte shade with subtle orange undertones, I mainly use this shade as an eyeshadow colour in my crease when doing darker, smokier looks.

‘Bee’ – a matte cool pink-toned/mauve shade, I really like this shade for a lid colour.

‘Zoba’ – a metallic light pink shade with a gold duo chrome effect, this is my favourite shade in the palette to use as a highlight, both on my cheeks and in my inner corner to complete any eyeshadow look.

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left to right: tau, leena and sola

‘Sola’ – a metallic rose toned pink shade again with a gold duo chrome effect similar to ‘Zoba’, I like this shade more as eyeshadow than blush as I think it is slightly too dark for my skin tone unless I’m more tanned.

‘Leena’ – a matte coral tones pink shade, definitely my favourite and most used in the palette. I love this colour as it goes incredibly well with my skin tone and gives my cheeks the exact pop of colour that I adore.

‘Tau’ – a matte bright peachy orange toned shade that again I love using on the apples of my cheeks. It is significantly darker than ‘Leena’ but I enjoy mixing the two shades together to create my own custom blush shade!

I have been using the palette non-stop ever since I got my hands on it. The high-quality of these formulas keeps me coming back for more and is going to make it verrry difficult for me to find another blush formula on par with this one. If you don’t really wear blush and are thinking of trying it out, or if you already do and want to try something new and switch up your normal routine, I would one hundred percent recommend this palette as a place to start! All in all, as you can probably tell, I love this palette and it’s definitely won me over! What are some of your favourite blushes?

Until next time lovelies!

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six cruelty free makeup brands and why I love them

For today’s post I wanted to share some of my top makeup brands that are cruelty free. I appreciate so much when a brand makes the decision to go cruelty free because as well as the obvious advantages it also opens the brand to a wider community. Let’s get into it!

Unsurprisingly, first and foremost we have to talk about Jeffree Star Cosmetics. This brand is my all time favourite brand of makeup. I wear their ‘velour liquid lipsticks’ every single day without fail. They are the creamiest, most pigmented, stunning lipsticks I have ever come across. Not only is the formula AH-MA-ZING, the range of colours is absolutely unreal! Every shade you could ever want; nudes, reds, pinks and even yellow and greens! My top lippy choices are; ‘red rum’, ‘gemini’, ‘prom night’, ‘mannequin’ and new from the Christmas collection ‘santa baby’. Anyone who hasn’t ever tried this brand NEEDS to.. they’re also vegan so really there’s no reason not to..

Anastasia Beverley Hills is one of my all time favourite brands. They’re eyeshadows are some of the best, I’ve currently got two of their palettes (Modern Renaissance and Prism – I’m feeling a review coming soon..!) and I can’t get enough of them! The formulas are so buttery and soo pigmented, exactly what I look for in eyeshadow. They have a wide range of other products as well including the extremely popular ‘dipbrow promenade’. ‘Dipbrow’ is so many people’s ‘go to’ when it comes to eyebrows and they come in such a big selection of colours with 11 shades in total, so there’s a shade to suit for everyone! I am so happy they are cruelty free as I couldn’t go without them in my kit!

The main reason this brand is in my list is because Illamasqua‘s skin base is my number one foundation, I wear it all day every day. It is a full to medium coverage which is my preference in a foundation, along with this it leaves my skin feeling light and soft which I don’t normally find with more full coverage foundations. It really gives my skin a gorgeous natural glow which lasts allll day! The formula is so easy to blend into the skin and a little really goes a long way meaning the foundation lasts you a good while, hence saving money which is what I’m all about at the moment. Illamasqua have so many other great products but this is, in my opinion, by far the best and I’m so glad they’re cruelty free.

Too Faced might honestly be the cutest brand on earth when it comes to packaging and scents. I am obsessed with anything peach, so when they brought out an ENTIRE RANGE of peach based products I didn’t know what to do with myself. I recently reviewed the ‘sweet peach eyeshadow palette’ and I absolute love it. I also have the ‘chocolate bar eyeshadow palette’ and the formulas are toooo good. Their eyeshadows blend out like butter.. and don’t even start me on the pigment, one dip in the pan and the brush is coated! Saying this, I still think the best thing about the brand is the unique scents linked with their products. The chocolate range honestly smells like a sweet chocolate dream and the peach range is the cutest, juiciest smelling peach scent you’ve ever smelt. Not only this, but their ‘better than sex’ mascara has been rated in many polls as the number one cruelty free mascara available in the UK, and to be fair.. it’s absolutely amazing. It adds length, volume and is a very pigmented black, love, love, love!

I’ve always had a huge love for Urban Decay. This brand has cracked the code on the perfect eyeshadow formula; they are insanely pigmented, easy to blend, buttery in the pan and the colour schemes in each palette they have introduced are genius. Their ‘Naked’ palette range is a well-known favourite in and outside of the beauty community, the range is so versatile meaning there is something for anyone and everyone. My number one product I cannot be without from Urban is the ‘heavy metal glitter liner’ in ‘midnight cowboy’. It is packaged like a liquid liner so has a very fine tip which is perfect for applying the liner in the crease and along the lash like, the glitter shows up so vividly and just adds that extra oomphh to any eye look you create. Most of the Urban products are also vegan which I really appreciate, not necessarily because I practice veganism myself, but because it means the brand is accessible to a wider community.

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The last brand I want to touch on is the infamous Jouer Cosmetics, this brand has really built itself up from being less well-known to an absolute empire. I am so glad that they are cruelty free as their ‘long wear lip toppers’ are really something else. They add the most gorgeous finish over any lip colour; be it liquid lip, normal lipstick, a lip tint or just your natural lip colour, the toppers add that little extra summin summin.. one of my favourite combos is to take Jeffree Star Cosmetic’s ‘red rum’ liquid lipstick and put the ‘skinny dip’ lip topper over for a little extra glam. Another stunning product from Jouer are their ‘powder highlighters’, they are so pigmented and bring that blinding glow to the face that I strive for, my favourite shade is ‘rose quartz’ which is a gorgeous soft champagne pink. For anyone that hasn’t tried this brand I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on one of their products and giving it a go!

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So there we have it, a few of my favourite cruelty free brands. If you liked this post and the content was helpful to you let me know and maybe we’ll make this a series?! Hit me up with some of your favourite cruelty free brands as I’m always on the lookout for new brands to discover!

As always thank you for reading, and I’ll see you on the next one!

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Anastasia Beverley Hills ‘Prism’ Eyeshadow Palette – review and swatches!

Hello my lovlies and happy new year! Today I bring you a review and swatches of the ‘Prism’ eyeshadow palette from ABH.

When this palette first dropped in the UK and I saw the shade selection I knew I just had to have it. The palette’s packaging is just so pretty, the gorgeous velvet-like casing with the gold detail is enough to draw anyone in, it’s velvety texture is similar to the casing on both of their previous eyeshadow palettes. This palette contains 14 shades in total, 7 matte shades and 7 metallic shades. The palette also comes with one classic ABH double ended eyeshadow brush, just like the previous palettes. Whilst swatching the palette I found the formulas, both matte and metallic, to be very pigmented with a silk-like feel. The only two shades which I found to be slightly less pigmented were ‘sphere’ and ‘obsidian’ which are two of the matte formulas. I found this slightly odd as usually if there is inconsistency in formulas they tend to be both either light or dark shades, whereas these two are a light yellow and a pitch black. Speaking of the shades, let’s get into the swatches!

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left to right: lucid, eden, unity, dimension and parallel

‘lucid’ is a duo chrome colour which I’m in love with, it’s a white gold colour with pink reflects, perfect for that brow and inner corner highlight.

‘eden’ is a matte coral pink colour, it goes gorgeously in the crease for a cute pink smokey eye.

‘unity’ is a matte ochre shade, a twist on a classic nude colour as it’s just that bit more yellow toned.

‘dimension’ is another beautiful duo chrome shade that I can’t get enough of, it is a silver grey with pink reflects.

‘parallel’  is a matte brown truffle colour great for those who like a darker smokey eye without having to go as dark as black.

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left to right: pyramid, throne, saturn and eternal

‘pyramid’ is a bright metallic yellow gold colour with subtle green reflects, perfect to put on the lid to add a bit of gold glamour.

‘throne’ is one of my favorite shades, it is a blackened green colour with multi-coloured relfects.

‘saturn’ is another matte shade, it is a beautiful terracotta nude perfect for tucking in the crease.

‘eternal’ is a gorgeous copper metallic shade with a hint of violet, I really like the warmth of this shade.

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left to right: sphinx, osiris, sphere, obsidian and lure

‘sphinx’ is a very warm metallic bronze shade that is very similar but slightly darker than eternal.

‘osiris’ is a stunning colour, it is a metallic violet colour with red reflects which I think is a very unique combination!

‘sphere’ is a matte electric green yellow colour, this is the one I struggled with when it came to swatching because of the pigmentation. However, when layered and the pigment becomes more opaque it is a gorgeous bright colour!

‘obsidian’ is the darkest shade in the palette, it is a deep matte black, perfect for those gorgeous smokey eyes.

‘lure’ is definitely my most used shade, it is a a soft matte lilac colour and I am in love with it. I find it goes so well with so many looks and I can’t get enough.

Hands down this palette is absolutely stunning. From the sleek packaging to the gorgeous array of shades, ABH have totally smashed this palette (with a little exception when it comes to the pigmentation on a couple of the shades). If you don’t own the prism palette I would definitely suggest adding it to your collection, the colours are very unique and is such a pretty palette. You can create so many individual looks with this palette and I for sure use it all the time..

Until next time loves!.. x

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Juvia’s Place ‘Saharan II’ Eyeshadow Palette

Okay, so it’s safe to say I am officially obsessed with this brand. From the moment I got my hands on my very first Juvia’s product ‘The Magic Palette’ I’ve been absolutely hooked (you can find my review on that palette here). Recently I’ve got my hands another new palette; The Saharan II Eyeshadow palette.

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I fell in love with the colours in this palette as soon as I lifted the lid, they are so vibrant and there’s something quite endearing about the different selection of shades. The first thing that caught my eye was the fact there are multiple duo-chrome shades in this palette, and duo-chromes might be the love of my life.. right, lets get to the facts shall we??

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The palette contains a total of nine eyeshadows. Along with three duo-chrome shades there are three matte shades and also three metallic shades, each as equally gorgeous as the last. Each eyeshadow is 3.6 grams of product and with the palette retailing for £20 in the UK (you can grab it from beautybay.com) I think you get a substantial amount of product for your money.

The colour selection in this palette is absolutely stunning, there are so many different looks to be created from the nine shades. Each of the shades are incredibly pigmented, the metallic and duo-chrome shades are the most pigmented with the matte shadows following closely behind. This fact allows the shadows to be blended easily and quickly with a high impact colour payoff, which is an absolute dream when it comes to eyeshadow.

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left to right: Chefchaouen, Marrakesh and Aziza

The three duo-chrome shades are as follows.. Marrakesh is a gorgeous peach colour that has a tint of gold/orange when in specific lights, Aziza is a beautiful white toned champagne colour with a tint of gold and Chefchaouen is a stunning light grey/blue colour with a tint of silver.

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left to right: Taza, Zohra and Fez

The three matte shades are as follows.. Fez is a gorgeous warm deep brown colour, Zohra is a stunning warm deep red colour and Taza is a warm brown which is much lighter than Fez.

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left to right: Nomad, Berber and Hadiya

The three metallic shades are as follows.. Hadiya is a lovely light to medium brown shade, Berber is a pure sea blue colour and Nomad is a gorgeous burgandy/wine colour.

My two favourite shades in the palette are Marrakesh (the orange toned peach) and Zohra (the deep red). I honestly can’t get enough of using this palette and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone looking for some top quality eyeshadows.

All in all I adore the ‘Saharan II’ eyeshadow palette and can’t wait to start creating some different looks with the shadows! Juvia’s Place holds a special place in my heart and they keep killing it with these palettes, bring on the next one!!

Until next time!

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a proper peachy makeup post!

I am completely in love with anything to do with peaches, the scent, the colour, you name it. So clearly, anything makeup related I can get my hands on that has a peachy vibe is an absolute dream! I thought I’d put a few of my favourites together in one peachy post!

Gerard Cosmetics ‘Slay All Day’ Setting Spray

I am obsessed with this setting spray, it’s changed my makeup game completely. This is one for all my oily skinned lovelies! Considering I’ve got quite oily skin I need a setting spray that’s going to combat it and this one is perfect! It is formulated as an oil control mist which is designed to keep your look in place all day despite any oily skin attempting to make your makeup cakey or settling into the fine lines of the skin. When first applied to the skin there is a burst of refreshing fragrance and an immediate cooling feeling on the skin, it really feels as if the makeup is being locked in place. There are 11 scents available which really impressed me as this is a huge range! They differ from peach (my absolute favourite), green tea, watermelon, grapefruit and many other delightful scents. I swear by this setting spray to keep your makeup looking perfect all day, it really works wonders for me as it also leaves the skin with a gorgeous glow which I can’t get enough of! Not only this, but it is one of the more affordable setting sprays I’ve found that actually works, it retails for £16.50 for a 100ml bottle from beautybay.com. When you compare this price to my other favourite setting sprays such as Urban Decay’s All Nighter which retails for £23.50 or Skindinavia’s Post-Makeup Recovery Spray which retails for £22 it’s clear Gerard Cosmetics is the best price. This setting spray definitely does what it says on the tin, lets you slay all day!

Too Faced ‘Sweet Peach’ Palette

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I am completely and utterly in love with this palette. From the first moment you lift the lid on this beauty the most gorgeous peach aroma fills the air and you can’t help but breathe it all in. It is the perfect peach scent, I really can’t tell you enough how gorgeous it is. In this palette you get 18 beautiful shades that are very varied so the list of possibilities for eyeshadow looks are endless. The first half of the palette contains the lighter, brighter pinky shades which then go into the darker more brown toned shaded towards the right side of the palette. These eyeshadows are absolutely to die for, one of the best formulas I’ve come across from any brand. The pigment from the shadows is unreal, one swipe and the colour is incredibly opaque, this even goes for the lighter shades such as ‘white peach’, ‘georgia‘ and ‘peaches ‘n cream’. The shadows are so buttery when swiped from the pan, they just glide over the skin and are incredibly easy to blend, something which is a must have for any eyeshadow formula in my kit. God bless ‘Too Faced’ for releasing an entire peach collection!

Sleek Cosmetics ‘Life’s a Peach’ Blush

I am such a fan of blush! A lot of people tend to steer clear of blush but I really couldn’t complete my makeup routine without it, it just puts that lovely warm bit of colour back into the cheeks. This blush is one of my absolute favourites as, not only is it peachy, but it’s the perfect colour between pink and orange. The formula of this blush is amazing, it’s a powder blush and sometimes you have to be wary of fallout, however this blush has very little fallout to contend with. It’s formula is quite buttery so it’s very easy to blend on the cheeks which is important when it comes to blush as less is more. The more blended a blush is the more of a soft, natural effect you get which is why this blush is perfect for me. A definite must have for the winter season!

So there you have it, a few of my favourite peachy products! I hope you enjoyed reading and if you did be sure to give my blog a follow to keep up to date with my posts! Until next time!